Criminal Psychology Level 3

An increasingly popular career choice, you’ll learn about the psychology of crime, its detection and prevention.

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Overview

Have you ever watched a good crime drama and imagined what it would be like to be involved in catching the culprit? Perhaps you've wondered what drives people to commit the crimes we read about in the news? If so, this is the course for you. Whether it’s Ted Bundy or Pablo Escobar, every criminal will have a mindset, a modus operandi, a motive... and a criminal psychologist will delve deep into these facets in an effort to understand and apprehend them.

In this Level 3 course, you will:

  • Delve into theories of criminal behaviour, examining how social and biological factors can impact the propensity to offend
  • Look into the vital role that ear and eyewitnesses play in criminal trials, as well as what can improve its accuracy
  • Discover how juries reach their decisions and the factors that can affect the outcome of a trial
  • Look at the psychological causes of and theories surrounding crimes such as rape and domestic violence
  • Examine the impact that crime can have upon the victim, and how reoffending can be prevented

Designed to offer flexibility, this course allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace - a perfect option to fit into other commitments and schedules.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Theories of Criminal Behaviour

In the opening unit, you’ll delve into some of the theories that help to explain criminal behaviour. You’ll take a look at psychoanalytical and social learning theories, and also examine the social factors that are thought to have an impact on criminal behaviour.

Unit 2 - Witnesses

The use of civilian witnesses in court is hugely relevant to the smooth operation of the criminal justice system. However, the effectiveness of eye witnesses and their impact on criminal trials is still questioned. This unit will discuss the accuracy of eye witness testimony, explain the factors that can improve it, and discuss the factors that affect children as witnesses. Alongside eye witness testimony, this unit will describe ear witness testimony and how that can be of relevance within criminal trials.

Unit 3 - Jury Decision Making

Guilty or not guilty? This unit will discuss the factors affecting jury decision making, as well as how the final decision is made, and how effective this process is.

Unit 4 - Media Impact on Crime

Guilty or not guilty? This unit will discuss the factors affecting jury decision making, explaining how they make their decision, and evaluate the effectiveness of jury decision making. The jury decide the fate of the accused, but you can learn how they have such a bearing on a criminal trial and build a career to help in influencing their decision in court.

Unit 5 - Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal violence may be physical, sexual or psychological; you’ll examine all three within this unit. You’ll learn the theories behind why people commit rape; explore rape myths, and the impact these have on levels of crime. You’ll also take a look at the physiological causes and impact of domestic violence and child abuse.

Unit 6 - Impact of Crime

This unit focuses on the psychological impact of becoming a victim of crime, the range of methods aimed at preventing someone committing the crime, the approaches to treating offenders, as well as the effectiveness of risk assessments.

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Awarding Body

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With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE Custom Qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English

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What is a criminology course?

Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective. It sets out to examine crimes and those who commit them, with a view to preventing them in the future and reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

It falls under a subgroup of sociology, so you can expect to study biology, psychology, penology and more as part of your education.

​​How long does a criminology course take?

That depends on which criminology course you select and whether you opt for a traditional school setting or an online one. Our online criminology courses can take, on average, between six and 12 months to complete.

Because you have access to your learning materials 24 hours a day, and there are no set lesson times, you’re in complete control. As a result, you can complete your course in less time or take longer should you need to.

Do criminologists get paid well?

The Government’s national career service states that the average salary for a criminologist can start at £23,500 and go up to £36,000 once you’ve gained experience.

Although, becoming a criminologist is not the only pathway you can take once qualified. You can also work in the police or probation sector, within the forensics department or become a civil service administrator.

Why study a criminology course online with Oxbridge?

If you’re interested in a career in the criminal justice sector, taking a criminology course with Oxbridge could set you on the right path. Whether it’s A-level Law, Forensic ScienceCrime Scene Investigation or an Advanced Criminology Diploma, we offer a range of online distance learning courses that are perfect for budding criminologists.

You’ll be studying with a trusted and experienced distance learning provider with outstanding support guaranteed when you enrol with us. Our award-winning learning platform and supportive, knowledgeable tutors have led to our students achieving remarkable pass rates.

You can enrol online or speak with our learning advisers for more help and advice.

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